Ex-President Rawlings Caught Up in Osu Land Dispute?
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. On May 9, 2016, Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings wrote a letter to the then-president of Ghana requesting for a land of about 4000 acres at Ridge.
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The president upon his request asked the land commission to allocate that land for a lease of 99 years with the right to review the lease for another 50 years.
Mr Bright Akwetey, the counsel of the plaintiff, Mr Jonathan Holm explained that it was very unconstitutional. He quoted that it violates Article 30(5) and 6 of the 1992 constitution. The land was taken from the people of Osu under the public land ordinance of 1876, section 3.
The reason for the acquisition of the land by the government was to use in the public interest. The 1992 constitution made it clear that in case the land is no longer needed for the public interest, the owner should be given an option to refund the compensation paid on the land on sale. And by Mr Holm, this was not done.
A writ has been sent to a high court to revoke the allocation of the land to the Ex-president. We are currently awaiting the trials.
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